William Anastasi. Untitled (Pocket Drawings). 1969

William Anastasi Untitled (Pocket Drawings) 1969

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Anastasi folded these sheets into eight squares, making them small enough to fit into his pocket. As he walked, he held a tiny, soft pencil against the exposed paper inside the cramped space of his pocket; the resulting marks graph his movements. When he deemed a section complete, Anastasi refolded the sheet, creating a new blank surface, and the process began again. “I love walking,” the artist has explained. “I find that walking does something to my thinking, to my mental process, that is different from sitting or lying down.” These “pocket drawings” are part of a broader practice that Anastasi has described as “unsighted,” including works made while walking (holding a pad, he looks at his destination as he draws) and riding the subway (the train’s stops and starts, bumps and turns, direct the line’s size, weight, and orientation).

Gallery label from A Trip from Here to There, March 15–July 30, 2013.
Medium
Pencil on two sheets of transparentized paper
Dimensions
each: 10 7/8 x 14" (27.6 x 35.6 cm)
Credit
Gift of Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky
Object number
71.2004.1-2
Copyright
© 2019 William Anastasi
Department
Drawings and Prints

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